Rajitha assures relief to fishermen once two mother ships arrive



By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

The Government would bring some relief to fishermen by reining in fuel costs, once the two Chinese made mother-ships were received by the country, according to Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne.

Laying the foundation stone for the anchoring point in Kaikawala recently, he said that fishermen would be able to engage in their fishing activities in the deep sea continuously using the two ships as they did not have to burn fuel to bring their catch to shore every time the hull was full.

"It will also increase our fish harvest and quality of our fish," Dr. Senaratne added.

He also said that the Government had increased the allocation for fisheries development in the country substantially in the last six years, adding that it had already allocated Rs. 2,000 million for this year and Rs.1000 million for next year through the budget 2014 to develop and build fisheries harbours and anchoring points countrywide.

Minister Senaratne also assured that the construction of all habours and anchoring points would be completed at the end of 2015 and would also increase the fish harvest to 512,000 MT by the end of this year.

"We have already taken steps to maintain fish prices low in the local market from 2012 to 2014," he added.

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